Apple’s flagship desktop computer—which hit store shelves just before the holidays—may be priced as high as $14,000, but that’s not so extravagant for those who really need this much power. As a creative worktool, Apple’s new iMac Pro pushes the envelope farther than any other personal computer now available, and Apple is quick to point out that it is the most powerful Mac to date.
So, what does a buyer get for their $14K? A very comprehensive statement from Apple. From the display on top to the processors under the hood, this Mac is definitive. Up to 128 GB of RAM, up to 4 TB of solid state drive storage, a 27” Retina 5K display, and up to 18 cores of Xeon processors, this is the Mac to buy if you’re a video game developer or into cutting edge VR, or you would like to be.
For the buyer only interested in the most beautiful Mac available for day-to-day use, the iMac Pro can be had for its base sticker price of $5,000. For that kind of entry fee you can get ahold of a more modest variant with an AMD Radeon Vega 56 video card with 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD, and an 8 core processor.
In all incarnations, the iMac Pro looks as fabulous as any new Apple computer, a sleek vision of a cutting-edge tech workstation that is, as usual, graceful and sculptural; this time around, with 80% improved cooling, and an understated flat space-gray finish.